By Jenny Vergara

When it comes to dining out, there are good deals and there are great values.

A good deal is the opportunity to enjoy simple, delicious food at a reasonable price. Meanwhile, a great value is when you are given the opportunity to try something that you might not be able to afford everyday. A special meal at a special restaurant, offered at a special price. Lucky for us, Kansas City has plenty of both, with deals that can be found every day of the week.

Below are just a few favorites that you showcase what the entire KC food scene has to offer. Who knows? You just might find a new favorite place to enjoy on the regular.


Great Value: Julian

James Beard Award winner chef Celina Tio makes Sunday night “family night” at Julian, her Brookside restaurant. She only prepares one or two types of meals on family night, usually picking something comforting with a home-cooked feel—like fried chicken or lasagna, cooking for her guests as if they were family. Her Chef’s Choice Sunday Family Dinner is available in three courses for $35 or four courses for $40, and usually includes a starter, soup or salad, entrée and dessert. 

Good Deal: ABC Café

One of the most authentic Chinese restaurants in Kansas City operates one of the smallest dining rooms in town. Overland Park’s ABC Café proudly serves delicious and affordable dim sum dishes that you can order online to take home or enjoy while dining in. The restaurant offers all of the traditional favorites like dumplings, scallion pancakes, beef short ribs or barbecue pork buns for only $3-4 per plate. Bring friends and plan to share this fantastic feast for only a few bucks per person.


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Good Deal: Friends Sushi & Bento Place

Located in the heart of 39th Street West, Friends Sushi & Bento Place has kept its food fresh and the prices reasonable to draw in the medical students and young families who live in the neighborhood. At lunch, you can create your own bento box for a delicious and varied Japanese feast for under $10. But if it is sushi that you crave, create your own feast on Mondays when you can find maki rolls for only $3.99 and a single nigiri for only $1.

Great Value: Rye

Travel out to Leawood on Monday nights for steak at Rye, where James Beard Award-winning Chef Colby Garrelts and his team offer one of the best steak dinner deals in this cowtown. For $25-30 per person, you will get a complete steak dinner, including your choice of salad, side and a slice of pie straight from the revered pastry kitchen of Chef Megan Garrelts. Choose from a 10 oz. center cut KC strip, 8 oz. center cut filet, 10 oz. ribeye steak or a 10 oz. hanger steak then sit back and enjoy this decadent start to your week. 


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Good Deal: Ricos Tacos Lupe

Located in a humble restaurant storefront on Southwest Boulevard, Ricos Tacos Lupe is your next new place to celebrate “Taco Tuesday,” when all street tacos are $1 a piece. Choose from chicken, pastor, steak, chorizo or carnitas and you’ll get two small corn tortillas layered on top of each other filled with your choice of meat and topped with cilantro and onion. You’ll need at least three of them to take the edge off your hunger, and don’t miss the house-made salsas in both red and green to top your tacos.

Great Value: Jarocho Pescados y Mariscos

Jarocho is a colorful and casual seafood restaurant located in KCK. The establishment made a splash on the culinary scene from the day it opened, selling the freshest, and most creative seafood, at an excellent price. Owner/chef Carlos Falcon hails from Veracruz, Mexico, and brings all of his technical abilities to his delicious seafood menu. On Tuesdays, you can enjoy $1 fresh oysters (minimum of six required), or if you arrive with an appetite, get Falcon’s omakase experience, where you put yourself in the chef’s hands, starting as low as $65 per person. 


Good Deal: The Brick

A burger from The Brick in the Crossroads Art District is almost considered a KC rite of passage. Its juicy burgers are made with a 1/3 lb. grass-fed beef patty from Missouri’s own Rain Crow Ranch, or you can order it with a turkey or veggie patty. Every Wednesday from 5 to 10 p.m., it’s Burgers & Beers night, where you can get one of The Brick’s famous burger baskets for only $6. All burgers are served with your choice of side dish like house-cut fries, sweet potato fries, tater tots, coleslaw, cottage cheese or hummus and vegetables.

Great Value: Story

When a fine dining chef like Carl Thorne-Thomsen decides to own Wednesday nights with a fried chicken special, you can count on it being beyond your wildest expectations. Every Wednesday, in addition to his regular menu at Story in Prairie Village, you can get a four-piece fried chicken dinner complete with savory bread pudding, Brussels sprouts and parmesan gravy for $19. Take the experience up a notch with a sparkling glass of Gloria Ferrer Blanc de Noir, on special for only $8 a glass every hump day as well. A glass of bubbles with your fried chicken dinner? This must be heaven.  


Great Value: Novel Restaurant

Chef/owner Ryan Brazeal gives guests the opportunity to try some of his delicious dishes at a special discount by offering a six-course menu Tuesdays through Thursdays for $55 (or $80 with wine pairings). Here he mixes his greatest hits with some new dishes, always delivering an amazing meal that highlights the best of what is currently in season. He appreciates whole table participation with the meal deal, so bring guests who will appreciate the experience along with you at this Westside neighborhood establishment.

Good Deal: Kitty’s Café

There are plenty of good sandwiches on the menu at Kitty’s Café, a standing-room-only restaurant in Midtown with a meal so tasty, offered at such a great price, it’s difficult to believe it’s real. That sandwich is Kitty’s pork tenderloin. The sign on the outside of the building says “Kitty’s Café—since 1951 best Tenderloins in town.” Believe it. For less than $6, enjoy three thin slices of pork tenderloin, tempura-battered then deep-fried to a golden brown and stacked between soft buns and topped with tomato and lettuce. Be sure to order it spicy with the Sriracha-based special sauce to savor the complete experience.


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Great Value: Extra Virgin

Happy Hour at Extra Virgin on a Friday night is a heck of a deal no matter how you cut it. Located next door to his fine dining restaurant, Michael Smith Restaurant, in the Crossroads, you’ll find a more casual menu at Extra Virgin with creative tapas drawn from international inspiration. From 4 to 6 p.m., kick off your First Friday, or really any Friday, by enjoying half price tapas like pork belly steamed buns, duck tongue tacos, Spanish meatballs and chicken thighs stuffed with chorizo and fig. Additionally, you’ll get $2 off all cocktails and wines by the glass and $2.50 on select beers. 

Good Deal: McGonigle’s Market

For half a century, the high-quality butcher counter at family-run McGonigle's Market has offered a variety of fresh meats and seafood in Kansas City. Meanwhile, the white trailer outside the shop offers excellent grilled and barbecued items, made with quality meats from the butcher counter inside, every day of the week. Order and pay inside, then bring your ticket outside where your food is made to order. On Fridays, they cook up half a rotisserie smoked chicken, lightly dressed with barbecue sauce, for only $3.99. Add to your finger-licking feast with side dishes like baked beans, cheesy corn, onion straws or waffle fries. 


Great Value: Justus Drugstore

On Saturday night, while owner/chef Jonathan Justus and his team prepare and serve exquisite fine dining dishes in the main dining room at Smithville’s Justus Drugstore, plenty of delicious casual food goes down on his seasonal Eastside Patio. See another side to the chef’s take on Midwest cuisine when you sit on the patio and order anything from his menu 5:30-11 p.m. on Saturday night. Try the Duck Fat Preserved Chicken Gizzard Salad for $10, featuring fried Campo Lindo Farm chicken gizzards, or get the house ground local burger for $10.50 served on a house baked bun and your choice of toppings. 

Good Deal: Bichelmeyer Meats

Family-owned Bichelmeyer Meats has been a KC tradition for more than 70 years. On Saturdays, the lines form from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for a different reason other than fresh meat from local producers. That’s when Bichelmeyer’s offers its homemade tamales for $2 and Mexican street tacos for $3. Look for the menu (taped to the wall each Saturday) that announces the choice of available tacos, which change each week and can include pastor, asada, barbacoa and more. Top off your taco feast with condiments in line like sliced limes, raw onions, cilantro, peppers and hot sauce.

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